Barcoo Drift, the custom designed 14m powered catamaran
Barcoo Drift, designed by Roger Hill and built by Julian Griffiths and his team in
April 24th 2018
The name Barcoo Drift describes the quiet, laid back way of fishing on the Barcoo River in the North Qld interior where the owners live and farm, many kilometres from the nearest salt water. With fishing being very high on the preferred activity, the back of the boat and cockpit is specifically set up to optimise that activity.
The custom designed 14m sports fishing catamaran was constructed with a combination of DuFLEX Composite Panels cored with DIAB’s Divinycell H80 and HM100 structural foam cores with some panels laminated with unidirectional laminates so they could be strip-planked to conform to the more compound sections of the outer topsides and wing-deck areas. ATL Composites engineered the HM100 into the hull bottoms and lower topsides to provide extra toughness to absorb high dynamic impacts and slamming loads while ensuring a light, yet strong structure.
Designed to keep weight to a minimum and to provide a very comfortable stylish vessel for cruising the North Queensland coastline, all other structural sections including bulkheads, hull soles, cabin sides, side decks, etc, were supplied in CNC-routed Component Packs cored with Divinycell H80 in a variety of thicknesses and E-fibreglass reinforcements to meet design and engineering requirements. Divinycell H has been widely used worldwide and has a proven track record in marine sandwich composite construction.
Noosa Marine used Techniglue R60 cartridges, in conjunction with the proprietary DuFLEX Z-Press, to speed up the panel joining process, and KINETIX R246TX / H160 epoxy systems are being used throughout the vessel for bonding, taping and additional laminating of the strip planked sections. WEST SYSTEM epoxy and powder modifiers were used fo bonding, filleting and fairing.
The interior fit-out on Barcoo Drift was also supplied as a CNC-routed Component Pack in FEATHERLIGHT
FF1015X6 Marine Grade panels from ATL. Cored with 15mm Divinycell H60, a
low density unique combination of polyuren and PVC core, the
Featherlight panels will provide good thermal/acoustic insulation and
will provide superior stiffness and ultra-light weight to increase